Sermon Bible Study Guides

in Daniel

Daniel 6 – 4th June, 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Daniel 6
  2. What are repeated words/phrases/ideas?
  3. Who is mentioned in the text? How are they described?
  4. What happens?
  5. What kind of texts are included in this chapter? (Narrative, Poetry, Letter)

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. Why did the high officials want to find fault with Daniel?
  2. Why would an injunction to pray to Darius be made? (There may be multiple reasons)
    1. What might that communicate about their view of Darius?
  3. Why do you think Daniel prays the way he does? 
  4. Why does the narrator tells us about Darius's distress at the prospect of Daniel's death?
  5. How would this story inspire those in exile?
  6. How does this story point to the gospel of Jesus Christ? (There are many ways! Spend time thinking of how this story is reflected in the life of Jesus)

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. How does Daniel's example, in the light of Christ, inspire us to live today? 
  2. How do the truths of this passage inspire us to remain faithful to God and not compromise in the face of opposition and even death?
  3. How does it apply to us as a church? How can we together remain faithful to the Lord until our final deliverance?
in Acts

Acts 12 - 13th February, 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Acts 12:1–25 
  2. Who is mentioned?
  3. What happens?
    1. Who does what?
    2. How is it described?
    3. Are reasons given?
  4. Look for repeated words, phrases, ideas.

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What is significant about the timing of these things? (v.3b, 4)
  2. Does this story connect with any others? How so?
  3. Why does James' death please the Jews? 
  4. What's significant about the description of Peter's imprisonment and release? What do the details of the description emphasize?
  5. What significance does Herod's actions and ultimately his death show?
  6. What does it mean that "the word of God increased and multiplied"? Why do you think it is stated this way?
  7. What themes or ideas in this passage relate to the gospel and how so?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. What do we learn about God from this passage?
  2. What can we learn from the various examples in this passage? [Consider both positive and negative examples]
  3. What does it look like to "give God the glory" (v. 23)?
  4. How can you apply these things to your life this week? How might your life look different in your home, work, and relationships?

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